Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Dems' Love Affair With Castro Continues

The New York Sun reports that Cuban Americans living in New York are dismayed at how many New York Democrats voted against a House resolution expressing American solidarity with Cuba's democratic activists. Link.
Friday marks the beginning of the General Meeting of the Assembly to Promote Civil Society in Cuba, a convention of 365 groups in Havana to discuss, among other issues, fostering democratic reform on the island, reducing poverty, securing labor rights, and protecting the environment.

One of the meeting's organizers, the dissident Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, has been jailed by the Castro regime for pro-democracy activism in the past. The last similar attempt to convene a major gathering in Cuba - a planned meeting of a human rights organization, the Concilio Cubano, in February 1996 - failed, resulting in a crackdown by the government that extended over several months. [...]

encourage participants, the assembly has solicited and received expressions of support and solidarity from representatives of international organizations, including members of the European Parliament and members of the American Congress. Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 193, which, among other provisions, extends "support and solidarity to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting." The resolution, introduced by a Republican of Florida, Mario Diaz-Balart, passed by a vote of 392 to 22. The bill had more than 50 co-sponsors, including a Democrat from New York, Rep. Eliot Engel of the Bronx.

New York was the best-represented state among the resolution's opponents, however, with six New York Democrats among the 22 nay votes.

Second only to wanting to raise taxes, you can count on liberal Democrats to support Fidel Castro. How can you ask them to vote for a resolution supporting pro-democracy opposition figures in a country that they believe is the most democratic in the world? They share a common enemy, the United States, and they are not about to revoke their support toward any enemy of the US.


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